Istanbul 2

Somewhere I lost a day.  After being rescued from Ataturk Airport, I drifted in the street like a satrap exhausted by conquest of the Atlantic Ocean.  I did what anyone in my position would do – showered and put on clean clothes.  Everywhere I wandered, cats rested on swatches of carpet or waited in line at bank exchange machines. Could I be hallucinating? It was day, but my body said night. After the 5 o’clock ululating call to prayer that resounded throughout the streets together with an occasional car alarm,  I walked to the Hippodrome from the Kybele  whose ceilings are clustered in jeweled antique lamps of every color.   I never made it. The shower and clean clothes didn’t have the desired effect. I succumbed to the Medecir Kebab and Pide Restaurant for a beer and salad. Back at the Kybele, ” Please place all used toilet paper in waste baskets. Thank you for your consideration.” My key to the room is none of that plastic cheesy stuff.  It’s more like a brass lipstick tube.

About Lenore Weiss

Lenore's collections include "Tap Dancing on the Silverado Trail" (2011) from Finishing Line Press, “Sh’ma Yis’rael” (2007) from Pudding House Publications, and "Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island" (West End Press, 2012). Her writing has won recognition from Poets&Writers (finalist in California Voices contest) and as a finalist for Pablo Neruda Prize, Nimrod International Journal. The Society for Technical Communication has recognized her work regarding Technical Literacy in the schools. All material is copyrighted on this site and cannot be used without the author's permission.
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2 Responses to Istanbul 2

  1. El Habib Louai says:

    Hello Lenore,

    I hope you’re well. I just want to thank you for stopping by to read my poem published in Radius. I equally enjoyed reading your journals here. I’ve been to Istanbul for the second time this July and I understand what you’re writing about. I hope we’ll come to discuss more and exchange ideas about writing.

    Kind regards
    El Habib Louai

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